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To enable applicants to contest the results of an initial peer review based on a defect in the review process but not a difference of scientific opinion.
The following process applies to applications reviewed at NIH's Center for Scientific Review or NIAID.
If an applicant wants to contest an initial peer review, NIAID program officers, either alone or working with scientific review officers (SROs), first try to resolve the issues with the applicant. This step does not involve a formal appeal.
If the applicant's concerns cannot be resolved informally, a formal appeal process is initiated, which ultimately is deliberated by NIAID's main advisory Council. After reviewing program staff's recommendation, Council makes the final decision to either agree with the applicant's appeal or disapprove it. Applicants should keep in mind that Council members rarely disagree with initial peer review cases. In most cases, they determine that investigators must resubmit their applications.
Applicants may not appeal for differences of scientific opinion; they may appeal only for flaws in the review process such as:
For an appeal, the PI does not revise the application. Instead, the original application is re-reviewed by either the same or a different scientific review group (SRG), which does not receive the summary statement or applicant’s appeal letter.
NIAID retains the applicant’s original correspondence and copies of NIH-originated correspondence in the official electronic grant file. They will also provide appeal-related materials to Council.
Follow the procedures below.
Program Division Coordinators
Investigators with questions should talk to the program officer listed on the summary statement. Or, Contact Staff for Help in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Contact for NIAID Staff—NIAID appeals officer and executive secretary of Council
Contact for NIAID Staff—Secretary to NIAID appeals officer
Contact for NIAID Staff—SOP contact
Contact for NIAID Staff—NIAID Receipt and Referral
Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIDS
Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIT
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Appeals of NIH Initial Peer Review
Last Updated September 12, 2012
Last Reviewed July 31, 2012